Fistral is a superb beach for families and for surfing. Sadly, if you visit by car, be aware that the north end car park starts before you start the descent down to the lower car park. There are cameras which record your exact moment of entry and departure. If you don't buy a ticket to cover and exceed this time elapsed, you will receive a stinging £100 fine (reduced to £60 if you pay quickly) through the post in a week or two.
For me, this ruined my visit to Fistral Beach, a place where I used to surf a lot. Not any longer.
If you are prepared to risk the car park regime, the beach, views, and facilities are amongst the best in the country. Beware of the surf though; if there are any waves, they will be bigger than you think. A lot bigger. Swim only between the lifeguard flags, and if you are a beginner surfer, take advice from the experts around you. People can and do drown at Fistral on account of the "freak waves" which are actually perfectly normal "big sets". On a few years ago several fishermen drowned when they were fishing off the rocks during the winter when a big swell was running, so be warned. Compared to that, a nasty car parking surprise through the post is the least of your worries.
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